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Three held over father's murder

Police investigating the murder of a father-of-five in Northern Ireland have made three arrests.

Brian McIlhagga, 42, was attacked and killed when at least three armed and masked men forced their way into a house in Riverview Park, Ballymoney in Co Antrim earlier this month.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said three men aged 24, 41 and 48 were detained in the town on Wednesday and have been taken to Antrim station for questioning.

Mr McIlhagga, a plasterer who was originally from the Ballymena area of Co Antrim, was dragged out of the house in a quiet cul-de-sac, beaten and shot once in the leg in the front garden where, despite frantic resuscitation efforts by neighbours, he died.

A 32-year-old woman who was also in the house was battered and forced to lie on the kitchen floor while the shooting took place.

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